Friday, February 11, 2011

Framed Hand Heart Stamps

With Valentine's Day coming up, I wanted to share a fun, cheap, and QUICK project I did with my 6 (then 5) year old last year.

All you need is a frame, some cardstock cut to fit your frame, red paint, and a hand. It doesn't even have to be a kid's hand... you could do your own! This would be a great idea for a homemade Valentine's card for your honey.

Paint the inside of the fist (from the top of the pinkie to the wrist) with paint, then, curving the fist into the shape of half of a heart, stamp it onto the paper. Repeat with other hand. VOILA! How easy is that??  I wrote my son's name with the year on it so I'll always remember when we did it.

I wish I could say that I came up with this idea on my own, but I didn't. [CLICK HERE] for my inspiration.

I've linked this post up at a couple of places... but I'm too new to this to know how to add a "button" that people can click on to join the party. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Very Cranky Bear

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite kid's books with you all.

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

I adore everything about this book. I love that it's a rhyming book, I love the illustrations, and most importantly, I love the lesson that it teaches.

The book starts out with four friends (zebra, moose, lion, and sheep) looking for a warm place to play together...

But little do they know... there's someone else in that cave...

the very cranky bear. Or at least... they think he's cranky. So, they go about trying to cheer him up.

Zebra thinks the bear would cheer up if he had stripes. Moose thinks the bear would cheer up if he had antlers. Lion thinks the bear would cheer up if he had a golden mane. And sheep, whose plain, just stands watching them all be vain.

But none of those things cheered him up.

So sheep goes and clips her wool and makes the bear a soft pillow to lay his head on...

... which cheers the bear up so he can fall back asleep and the four friends can go back to playing cards in his cave.

Moral of the story: Being plain is ok. Being thoughtful is more important than having beautiful things. "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

I'm pretty sure I got this book from a Scholastic book order. Look for it next time your child brings one home. And for all of you homeschooling mamas... did you know you can open an educators Scholastic account and order books? Well, you can.  :)

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What I've Been Doing Today...

Since I'm sure you really care {and for lack of anything else to blog about today...}

Here's what I've been up to today...

First of all... I accidentally turned off my alarm this morning and overslept, thus not waking our six year old up in time and scrambling to get him to school fifteen minutes late... for the first time ever. That kind of set my morning off to a bad start until the hubs brought it to my attention that I was being a bear and not to let oversleeping make me have a whole bad day. So... I decided not to let it. And I'm sure glad I did. Because even though it's like 4 degrees here... we are having a good day!

I've gotten some more done on my quilt...

I've braided my girls hair because she "wants to look like Tangled, mommy!"

I've worked out on my elliptical... trying to stick to a diet/excercise. In fact... last night I started craving Mexican food and this morning when the hubs asked me if I wanted to go to town with him, I fluttered my eyelashes and asked him ever so kindly if we could go get Mexican while we were there. Since he rarely turns me down (except for when I'm watching the Bachelor and ask him if he's going to take me to Costa Rica to see a toucan. His response: "I'll take you to the zoo.") he agreed to go, but then at the last second I decided to have willpower and stick to my diet and not go get Mexican. I'll thank myself for that later.

Instead... I snacked on some green olives

Oh my word. I could eat green olives out of the jar with a spoon. Oops, I just did! Nom Nom. At just 25 calories and 0 carbs per 5 olives... it makes the perfect snacky snack. Just gotta watch that sodium. Ouch. There again though... I'll sweat that off on the elliptical again later. *pops another olive into mouth*

Let's see what else have I done?

After I worked out, I played babies with my girl. The babies are sleeping right now.

It's not been a TOTAL wash of a day though... I did manage to do a load of dishes.

I also worked on lots of preschool workbook pages with my girl.

So now... in a few minutes we will bundle up and brave the 4 degree weather to go get the kids from school. Then it'll be homework and supper. (which, by the way... I don't know what I'm making for supper tonight yet. Oops. That's one of the hard parts of being on a diet for me... feeding my family. But I guess they need to eat.)

and then I'm going to go to the Relay For Life Kick-off Celebration. I'm co-chairing the Enterainment Committee this year with Jason's cousin.

What did YOU do today?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You Are So Tweet

Looking for a cute different, fun, HOMEMADE valentines day idea?

These are super easy to make. They take some time because you have to bake them, but you only need three ingredients and a couple of tools.

3/4 Cup Birdseed
1 T. Flour
2 T. Water

Cookie sheet
Cooking Spray
Heart cookie cutter (metal)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

Spray your heart shaped cookie cutters with cooking spray and lay them on foil on top of a baking sheet.

Add the bird seed, flour and water to a mixing bowl. Mix well. Pack the bird seed mixture into the cookie cutters.

Insert half of a straw into the top of the bird seed mixture. This will make a hole on top so that you can string ribbon through to hang it.

Bake the bird seed mixture for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Remove the straw and carefully add the ribbon through the hole.
For my little birdie valentines message I free-handed a bird onto sturdy cardstock paper, outlined it with a thick marker, cut around the outline, cut a slit in the top with an xacto knife, and put the ribbon through it before I tied a knot in the ribbon to hang it.

I hope you love these and will make some of your own to hang around. Now, I'm trying to think of other clever and witty little one liners that would go well with these as valentines. "I like to hang out with you." No? If you can think of any... PLEASE let me know!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

English Paper Piecing

As promised...

Here are pictures of my current quilt in progress. Aaaaaand... it's my first quilt. Ever.

I'm English paper piecing.

English paper piecing is great in that you don't need a machine. You can take everything with you. I've worked on this quilt in the passenger seat of the car while my hubby is driving, in waiting rooms, at my boys' football practice, outside on the front porch while my babies played in the yard, etc.

I started this quilt last winter.

New readers to my blog don't know this, but last December my husband  was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of non hodgkins lymphoma (a blood cancer). I started this quilt as a way to keep myself busy while I was sitting with him in the hospital while he got chemo treatments. We live an hour and a half away from the hospital he was treated at and every two weeks we drove up and stayed for 5-6 days at the hospital. The certain types of chemo he was getting required him to stay in the hospital that whole time. And I stayed with him. (Thanks to awesome family and friends who watched our kids for us.)

This quilt was my way of staying busy. The plan was to be done with it by the time he was done getting chemo. Yeeeeeah... it's over a year later and I'm still not half done. I get burnt out and have to put it down every now and then which delays it getting done.

I came up with the design on my own. Lime green is the lymphoma awareness ribbon color. The part that I have done says "Beat It" in the top left hand corner... and in the bottom right cormer I'll have another heart with "Cure It". "Beat It, Cure It"  is the lymphoma awareness catch phrase.  And, the very bottom will be a repeat of the top with the green ribbons going across the top.

so anyway, It's still my work in progress. I decided to pull it out during this blizzard we are having and get some quilting done. Maybe I'll be done with it by this years Relay For Life. Hopefully

Oh yeah... and I'm happy to say...

my husband beat lymphoma!! March 26th will be one year cancer free. Praise the Lord!

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